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Poster: light into ashes Date: Oct 14, 2007 10:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: One of the great shows of the '80s


There were some interesting shows this week in '83, and 10/15 has an especially strong second set.
The highlight of the first set for me is Big Railroad Blues - they were doin super-steroid versions at this time, and tonight Jerry just won't stop soloing! Let It Grow also zips along.
They start the second set with a fast China>Rider, then get down to business with a Playing in the Band that's MUCH better than usual for '83, it's fairly long & hypnotic, and goes into a China Doll where Brent makes harpsichord tinkles.
After drums they go into one of their best 'spaces' - in '83, rather than the usual squall, the spaces were often a guitar duet between Garcia & Weir, which would often (like the night before) go into a Spanish jam. Tonight is especially magical with the two guitars weaving around each other; then Garcia teases St Stephen for a minute, almost like the end of an early-'70s Playing jam where he'd slowly drift back into the theme.
The St Stephen may the best of the three '83 versions - which is to say, not as good as the worst '77 version. But as with Box of Rain in '95, it's the thought that counts....

The night before was a Dick's Pick, with a famous Scarlet>Fire and a generally nice second set:

The next show, 10/17, has a short but unusally good first set. How many shows START with a 17-minute Sugaree? Only this one, and it may be the best Sugaree of the '80s. The Deal is also legendary, and the Bird Song (while not the best) flies by.

The 21st, unusually, opens with Music Never Stopped, and has another nutty Railroad Blues; the highlight for me is another long drawn-out Scarlet>Fire similar to the one on the 14th:

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Poster: L.A. Women Date: Oct 14, 2007 11:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One of the great shows of the '80s

easily the best month of 83, ive had all those shows for years... though i think the soundboards for 10/15 is superior to the AUD you listed, to each his own.... im amazed no one had mentioned this run of shows considering it was the revival of st.stephen (though a somewhat ragged revival) kudos to you.

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Poster: countmlbjam Date: Oct 15, 2007 12:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One of the great shows of the '80s

Don't forget about 10-11-83. A hot one as well,but my favorite of the month is easily 10-15